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dis- +‎ unite



disunite (third-person singular simple present disunites, present participle disuniting, simple past and past participle disunited)

  1. (transitive) To cause disagreement or alienation among or within.
    • 1516, Sir Thomas More, Utopia, "Of Their Military Discipline":
      If they cannot disunite them by domestic broils, then they engage their neighbours against them.
    • 1863, Charles Reade, Hard Cash, ch. 44:
      Secrets disunite a family.
  2. (transitive) To separate, sever, or split.
    • 1899, Robert Barr, Jennie Baxter, Journalist, ch. 16:
      I have discovered how to disunite that force and that particle.
  3. (intransitive) To disintegrate; to come apart.
    • 1843, Robert Browning, A Blot In The 'Scutcheon, Act I:
      You cannot bind me more to you, my lord.
      Farewell till we renew... I trust, renew
      A converse ne'er to disunite again.

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